People

Staff

Austin Hendy

Collections Manager
University of Cincinnati, Ph.D. 2007
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
ahendy@nhm.org
310-851-4764

Austin Hendy is Collections Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. In 2007, he obtained his doctorate at the University of Cincinnati, followed by post-doctoral fellowships at Yale University, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institution, and Florida Museum of Natural History. An author on numerous scientific papers, he has conducted research in many parts of the world, but especially tropical South America. There he studies the biodiversity, biogeography and paleoecology of Cenozoic mollusc faunas. He is also interested in bioinformatics and the application of natural museum specimens and data for K-12 education. His publication list is available here.

 

Katy Estes-Smargiassi

Assistant Collections Manager
University of Florida, M.A. 2015
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
kestes@nhm.org
310-851-4764

Katy is Assistant Collections Manager of Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County. In 2015, she obtained her masters degree from the University of Florida in Museology, with a concentration in Paleontology. She has experience in collections digitization as well as exhibit design and construction, and before coming to NHM she worked at the Florida Museum of Natural History, the Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention, and the Cleveland-Lloyd Dinosaur Quarry. Her current research focuses on the paleoecology of Pleistocene scaphopod communities. She leads day-to-day digitization efforts for our NSF funded EPICC-TCN project, and schedules and trains our growing team of student interns and volunteers.

 

Lindsay Walker

Assistant Collections Manager
University of Colorado-Boulder, M.S. 2015
Invertebrate Paleontology, 3rd Floor NHM
lwalker@nhm.org
310-851-4764

Lindsay Walker is an Assistant Collections Manager for Invertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. Before joining the LACMIP team in 2016, Lindsay worked on various curation and digitization projects at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Natural History Museum of Utah, Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, and the American Museum of Natural History. She obtained her master’s degree in Museum and Field Studies with a concentration in paleontology collections management. Lindsay currently leads our NSF-funded Cretaceous Seas of California project.

 

Jann Vendetti

Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research
University of California Berkeley, PhD 2009
Malacology, 3rd Floor NHM
jvendett@nhm.org
213-763-3380

Jann is the first Twila Bratcher Chair in Malacological Research at NHMLA. She began in 2014 after a postdoctoral research position in Pat Krug‘s lab at California State University, Los Angeles. Prior to that she received her Ph.D. with Carole Hickman in the UC Berkeley Department of Integrative Biology and Museum of Paleontology where she studied living and fossil gastropods. Jann is interested in the evolutionary biology and systematics of buccinid gastropods and sacoglossan sea slugs. Recently she has been assessing the historical biodiversity of terrestrial gastropods in Los Angeles county and working with volunteer citizen scientists to understand the influence of urbanization on these animals. Jann considers herself primarily an evolutionary biologist and malacologist, with research experience and interest in invertebrate paleontology. Jann works with Collections Managers Lindsey Groves and Austin Hendy to maintain and improve the world-class NHMLA Malacology and Invertebrate Paleontology collections, respectively.


Emeritus Staff

Mary Stecheson

Collections Manager
California State University, Northridge, M.S. 2002

Mary Stecheson joined the Department of Invertebrate Paleontology in 2003. She completed a Master’s Degree in geology from California State University, Northridge, studying Late Cretaceous gastropods from the Simi Hills in Southern California. Between 2003 and 2014, she was responsible for cataloging and curating the Department’s extensive holdings of Pleistocene fossils from the West Coast of North America, under a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Edward C. Wilson

Curator Emeritus and Research Associate
University of California, Berkeley, Ph.D. 1966

Edward was Invertebrate Paleontology curator from 1967 to 1994. He was responsible for consolidating a number of the major invertebrate fossil collections of Los Angeles. These included the core LACM collection and those of the California Institute of Technology, the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of Southern California. His major research work described Permian age corals of North and South America, but also researched  mollusks (rostroconchs, gastropods, cephalopods, bivalves) and miscellaneous other fossils, Recent reef corals of Mexico, and a variety of related subjects.


Research Associates

LouElla R. Saul

University of California, Los Angeles, M.S. 1984

Prior to joining the Invertebrate Paleontology staff in 1985, LouElla Saul taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and maintained their invertebrate fossil collections. These large collections were moved to the Natural History Museum in 1985, and Ms. Saul became Collections Manager in the Department. She became a Research Associate in 1992, after retirement, and continues to study Cretaceous and Paleocene mollusks. Her publication list is available here.

Richard L. Squires

California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.

Richard Squires is Professor of Geology at California State University, Northridge. His research focus is on the paleontology and biostratigraphy of Late Cretaceous and early Cenozoic gastropods and bivalves from the Pacific slope of North America. His publication list is available here.

Robert J. Stanton

California Institute of Technology, Ph.D.

Bob Stanton joined the Museum as a Research Associate in 2000 after retiring from Texas A&M University. He is continuing his research into the Neogene biota of western North America. Bob’s publications list is available here.

John Alderson

California State University, Northridge, B.S.

John’s main research interests are: Cretaceous ammonites of California and the west coast, Cretaceous stratigraphy of the Santa Monica Mountains, Miocene mollusks of the Santa Monica Mountains, and detailed mapping of Cretaceous, Paleocene, and Miocene rocks of the Santa Monica Mountains. John Alderson’s publications list is available here.